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Annapolis http://dc.about.com/od/daytripsgetaways/a/Annapolis.htm Home to the U.S. Naval Academy, historic Annapolis offers a wide array of photo opportunities in a beautiful setting. You will see a host of historic colonial homes and architecture. Restaurants, museums, and shops abound. Excellent night time photo opportunities can be had at the Annapolis City Dock as boats and yachts pass by during the evening hours. A great day trip on a spring or summer weekend.  MD 
Baltimore Inner Harbor http://baltimore.org/about-baltimore/inner-harbor The Inner Harbor is Baltimore's premier attraction. Photo opportunities abound in a colorful and vibrant environment. Check the web site for the many attractions and activities. Late afternoon offers the best light to capture dramatic photos. The Inner Harbor is a great spot for night time photography with a beautiful skyline, boats passing by, and colorful reflections in the water.  MD 
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Great for eagles, osprey and herons in the summer. Also good for snow geese in from November to Feb. You can get in at sunrise and drive around as many times as you like. Telephoto lenses are recommended. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1933 as a refuge for migratory birds. The Refuge includes approximately 27,000 acres, composed mainly of rich tidal marsh characterized by fluctuating water levels and variable salinity. Other habitat types include freshwater ponds, mixed evergreen and deciduous forests, and small amounts of cropland and managed impoundments that are seasonally flooded for waterfowl use. Blackwater Refuge is one of the chief wintering areas for Canada Geese along the Atlantic Flyway, which is a major bird migration "highway" along the East Coast. From October through November, as many as 50,000 geese, ducks, and tundra swans stop at Blackwater Refuge. To feed them, the Refuge staff plant grain fields and seasonally flood impoundments for waterfowl use. Up to 20 species of ducks and 250 species of other birds may also be seen here, along with several hundred species of plants, 35 species of reptiles and amphibians, and numerous mammals. Among the mammals are two species that are hunted at certain times of the year: the white-tailed deer and the sika deer (an Asian species). Hunting at the Refuge is a means of recreation, as well as wildlife population control. Blackwater Refuge is a haven to three recovering species: the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, the migrant peregrine falcon, and the American bald eagle. At this time Blackwater Refuge is host to the largest remaining natural population of Delmarva fox squirrels and is also host to the largest breeding population of bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida.  MD 
Brookside Gardens http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/  Montgomery County's incomparable, award-winning 50-acre public display garden situated within Wheaton Regional Park MD 
Civil War Battlefields http://www.nps.gov/ancm/index.htm There are a number of Civil War battlefields located in the DC metro area. Gettysburg and Antietam are both around a one hour drive. Several nice restaurants are located near each of the battlefields. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to capture the most dramatic images. If you visit Gettysburg, consider dining at the Dobbin House Tavern, which was built in 1776 and is Gettysburg’s oldest and most historic house (http://www.dobbinhouse.com/). PA and MD 
Civil War Battlefield Special Events http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com/maps.htm Be sure to check the Civil War national park web sites for special occasions. For example, the Battle of Gettysburg will be reenacted on July 1, 2, and 3, 2011, to commemorate the 148th anniversary of this historic engagement. There is a charge for tickets. The link in this section provides more information regarding this event.  
Conowingo Dam http://www.harfordbirdclub.org/conowingo.html Club member Loan Tran suggested this site. It's a great opportunity to see Gulls, Bald Eagles, and Great Blue Herons. Location is near Havre De Grace, Maryland. Excellent web site with lots of information.  MD 
Cunningham Falls Cunningham Falls Catoctin Mountains - beautiful in every season but especially in the fall (leaf coloration) and winter when the falls are frozen. MD 
Franciscan Monastery http://www.myfranciscan.org/ The Franciscan Monastery is located in Washington, D.C. It offers a wide array of interior and exterior photo opportunities. Spring is a great time to visit when the tulips are in bloom (generally around mid-April). There is free parking on the monastery grounds. However, it is not located near a metro stop so driving would be the preferred option when visiting the monastery. DC 
Great Falls  http://www.nps.gov/grfa/index.htm  One of the most beautiful places in the DC area with amazing photo opportunities. Raging water, the Billy Goat Trail, Mather Gorge, kayakers, wildlife - it's all there. Check the web site to decide if you want to visit the Maryland or Virginia side. If you have the opportunity, a great time to visit is at sunrise on a weekday morning. It's serene with very few visitors at that hour. Consider using a polarizer or neutral density filter to create special effects such as a silky water flow.  MD and VA 
Huntley Meadows Park http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley/ From the web site: "Nestled in Fairfax County's Hybla Valley, Huntley Meadows Park is a rich, natural island in the suburban sea of Northern Virginia. Its 1,425 acres harbor majestic forests, wildflower-speckled meadows and vast wetlands bursting with life. Some of the best wildlife watching in the Washington metropolitan area is enjoyed here. From the ½ mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower, people have excellent views of beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons." 200 species of birds have been identified in the park. A zoom lens with a minimum reach of 300 - 400 mm is recommended.  VA 
McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Publiclands/central/mckeebeshers.asp Club member Judy MacArthur suggested this site. Judy writes that it's a great spot for bird watching and marshes. She offers the following comments regarding a recent visit: "Saw lots of red-winged blackbirds, tree swallows, and ducks of various kinds. We arrived around 7 am. Drive out River Road past the sunflower parking lot to Hughes Road and turn left. Follow Hughes Road back to the parking lot alongside the marshy area. It's an easy walk back in there, but watch out for unexpected holes in the ground. Bring your longest lens and a polarizer."  MD 
Mount Vernon http://www.mountvernon.org/ George Washington's home and burial place. Photo opportunities include the mansion, flower gardens, and a dozen outbuildings such as the slave quarters, kitchen, stables, and greenhouse. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. during the summer. There is an admission fee.  VA 
Old Town Alexandria http://visitalexandriava.com/ Old Town Alexandria offers great photo opportunities that include cobblestone streets and colonial homes with courtyards and gardens. It's a great day trip where you can also enjoy a vast array of museums, shops, and restaurants. Be sure to visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center with working studios of 140-plus artists.  VA 
Roaring Twenties http://roaring-twenties.com/index.htm Club President Deborah Gillham suggested this site. From the web site: "Roaring Twenties Antique Car Museum features vintage automobiles and Americana." The Roaring Twenties is located in Hood, Virginia and is an approximate 90 minute drive from the DC area. There are lots of colorful and unique photo opportunities. There is an admission fee.  VA 
St. Michaels http://www.stmichaelsmd.org/ Take one look at the web site and you will probably want to visit! St. Michaels is located off Route 50 past the Bay Bridge, approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the DC area. Highlights include restaurants, shops, and small town charm. Excellent photo opportunities, particularly near the water. A beautiful spot for a day trip during the spring and summer.  MD 
Washington National Cathedral http://www.nationalcathedral.org/ Located in northeast DC, the Washington National Cathedral offers spectacular interior and exterior photo opportunities. The cathedral is not located near a metro stop so driving is the best way to get there. There is a parking lot on the cathedral grounds but it is expensive. The interior architecture of the cathedral is magnificent. Best light, as always, is early or late in the day near the stained glass windows. Be sure to visit the Bishop’s Garden which offers a wide array of beautiful flowers in the spring and summer, and an excellent foreground when shooting the cathedral exterior. DC 
Wings of Fancy http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/wings_of_fancy.shtm "Wings of Fancy" takes place at the Brookside Nature Center in Wheaton. It is open from Saturday, April 30 through Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. There are hundreds of butterflies in a greenhouse with colorful flowers. It's a great opportunity for macro photography. Check the web site for admission fees and the best times to visit.  MD 
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